Amid reports that New Delhi is extending invitation to all mainstream political parties in J&K, former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti confirmed on Saturday that she has received the invitation while National Conference patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah said he is yet to receive it.
Former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has confirmed that she has received a formal invitation from New Delhi for the meeting scheduled on June 24.
“Yes, I got a phone call from Delhi inviting me for a meeting on June 24. The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi”, Mehbooba told reporters.
She, however, added that she hasn’t decided yet whether she would attend the meeting.
Dr Farooq Abdullah told some reporters that he hadn’t received any invitation from Delhi so far.
“Once we receive such invitation, we will meet to decide the strategy to be adopted regarding the invitation”, Dr Abdullah told reporters.
Sources close to People’s Conference chief, Sajad Lone told IANS that he has also received the invitation to attend the June 24 meeting.
CPI-M leader, M.Y. Tarigami said he has so far received no formal or informal invitation from Delhi regarding the meeting.
Tarigami has said that sources in Delhi have confirmed to him that all mainstream leaders of J&K would be invited to attend the proposed meeting.
J&K Apni Party chief, Syed Altaf Bukhari said, “Solution to J&K’s problems lies in New Delhi. We have stated openly that we have a relation with Delhi.”
“Solution to J&K’s problems lies in New Delhi and not in Islamabad, New York or London. Delhi’s invitation to J&K’s political parties is a welcome development”.
Seniorr PDP leader released from detention
Hours after Mehbooba Mufti received an invitation to attend the all-party meeting headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, authorities in J&K on Saturday released her uncle and senior PDP leader, Sartaj Madni, from detention.
Madni was detained along with another senior PDP leader, Naeem Akhtar, on December 21, 2020 .
Madni was first detained by the police in south Kashmir Bijbehara town for three days before he was shifted to the MLA Hostel in Srinagar where he remained under detention till Saturday.
Naeem was released from detention, but placed under house arrest on May 12, 2021.
PDP spokesman has confirmed Madni’s release.
Sources here said the release of Madni came close on the heels of Delhi’s invitation to attend the meeting scheduled on June 24 in New Delhi. — IANS